The hallowed day has arrived. Actually it arrived on 27th June but I have been busy training my new colleague Vicki in advance of my departure from the IIA so apologies for not noting this sooner on the blog.
But before you dash off I thought I would draw your attention to our new categories.
We have done away with a few (sorry!), updated three (mobile app developer, social media & digital marketing) and created 4 entirely new categories:
- Best Open Data Initiative
- Best Breakthrough Brick to Click
- Best Cloud Service
- Best Rookie
We’re particularly excited about these 4 categories (yes, yes, of course, you’re all winners to us) because they reflect changing technologies, society and practices. We devised Best Breakthrough Brick to Click to recognise some of the amazing cases we’ve heard about over the last year and a half or so while running our 8 Ways series for Online Retailers (although nominees don’t have to be just retailers!). Best Rookie was devised to recognise not only graduates who are making a splash in online business but also those who have made a change to their career to get involved in any aspect of online business.
After the success of Open for Business it made perfect sense for us to celebrate Open Data Initiatives and we’re hoping the shortlist will be an inspiration to many other initiatives in the future. Best Cloud Service acknowledges some of the fabulous and innovative cloud projects that have grown up, many of them wholly Irish, in the last few years.
So now you are dismissed to go and nominate to your heart’s content. Nominations close 29 July 2011.
Over 320 guests celebrated the best in business online at the annual IIA & Enterprise Ireland Net Visionary Awards held in the Crowne Plaza Dublin Northwood on Thursday 21st May.
Following a three-stage process of nominations from the public, judging by a panel of their peers and voting by the public, 15 winners were announced from amongst 71 shortlisted business people.
The IIA Board choose the Overall Net Visionary winner, awarding this accolade to individuals that they feel have developed a visionary online product or service. Announcing this year’s winner, Maeve Kneafsey, IIA Chair, pointed out that the only limit to Irish companies’ reach worldwide is their imagination: "This year’s Overall Net Visionaries, Ciarán Bollard and Mark French of MUZU. TV, have developed a TV website and distribution platform that shows that world beating businesses can be founded and funded here in Ireland. MUZU TV is an inspiration to the current and future generations of Internet entrepreneurs who know that the Internet means that there are no boundaries on what we can do in Ireland, the only limit being our imagination."
Developing this theme, Fergal O’Byrne, IIA CEO, commented, "This is the third year that the visionary behind a niche application with global appeal has been presented with this award. In 2007 it was Fergus Burns of Nooked.com, and in 2008 Pat Phelan of MaxROAM. Now in 2009 Ciarán Bollard and Mark French of MUZU.TV have been honoured for creating specialised applications that leverage the power and global reach of the internet to create sustainable and scalable businesses."
"We’re really honoured to have received such a prestigious award," said Ciaran Bollard, CEO and co-founder of MUZU.TV. "It’s truly the icing on the cake in what has been an amazing year so far, with a host of new deals with major and independent record labels and accelerated growth in consumers using the site particularly in the U.K. and Ireland. MUZU now has one of the largest music video offerings on the web, covering everything from live concerts, music documentaries and official music videos from thousands of the biggest artists in the world. MUZU continues to receive incredible support from the music industry and advertisers alike and we look forward to building upon these relationships and making the site a global success."
Amongst the winners in the other 15 categories were Puddleducks.ie, a small company based in Carrigaline, Co. Cork. They were nominated in two categories and won the prize in the Best Online Trader category. Aedan Ryan, Director of Puddleducks shared what winning a Net Visionary award means to them:
"As a small home-based business, winning an IIA Net Visionary award means a huge amount to PuddleDucks. There is a great deal of satisfaction to be gained from starting up and building up the business to this stage where we have received recognition from peers in the Irish web community. We are honoured to be in the company of so many fantastic examples of Irish enterprise."
Mike Brennan CEO of RateMyArea, a recent start-up, was delighted to win in the Best Social Media Category saying, "We are thrilled that RateMyArea has won the ‘Best Use of Social Media’ category. Our nomination is a testament to our community of Raters and the great local knowledge that they share. They help businesses understand the importance of social networking and being part of the online conversation and that using a website like ours is different to more traditional advertising, which is essentially just shouting at people!"
The Irish Internet Association held the Net Visionary Awards as part of their Annual Congress, allowing business professionals to mix an evening of pleasure with two days of information, advice and networking.
Winners in all 15 Categories below:
|Overall Net Visionary||Ciarán Bollard and Mark French||MUZU.TV|
|Best Business Blogger sponsored by ICAN||Damien Mulley||Mulley Communications|
|Best Business Podcaster sponsored by Hostelworld.com||Krishna De||BizGrowthNews|
|Best Online Financial Service sponsored by DataElectronics||Warren Healy||LocalLotto.ie|
|Best Online Trader sponsored by Realex Payments||PuddleDucks.ie||PuddleDucks.ie|
|Best Use of Social Media sponsored by FBD||Mike Brennan||RateMyArea.com|
|e-Government Award sponsored AIB Merchant Services||Sean Murphy||Xwerx Media Ltd. for GreenWave.ie|
|Innovation Award sponsored by Microsoft||Jacquie Branagan||Births Deaths Marriages Ltd|
|Internet Entrepreneur sponsored by Digital Marketing Institute||Andrew Molony||GreenJobs Ltd.|
|Internet Marketer sponsored by Tibus||Ger Karlsson||DoneDeal.ie|
|Journalist Award sponsored by Elucidate||Emmet Ryan||Freelance|
|Mobile Internet Innovation sponsored by Zapa||Trey Harvin||dotMobi|
|Online Tourism sponsored by Fáilte Ireland||Stewart Stephens||Gulliver InfoRes / GoIreland.com|
|Social Contribution sponsored by IEDR||Ruairí McKiernan||SpunOut.ie|
|Web Designer Excellence sponsored by SitesToGo||Nicholas Merrigan||Newmedia|
|Web Developer Excellence sponsored by dotMobi||Iarfhlaith Kelly||WebStrong for Twission.com|
The Irish Internet Association are delighted to announce the 15 shortlists for the 2009 IIA & Enterprise Ireland Net Visionary Awards. The awards will take place on May 21st 2009 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry, Dublin. The Net Visionary Awards are an annual awards ceremony that celebrate the best in online business in Ireland. On the night of the awards, an overall Net Visionary is announced. Previous overall Net Visionary award winners include most recently Pat Phelan, MAXRoam, Fergus Burns, Nooked.com, and Ray Nolan of Hostelworld.com.
Fergal O’Byrne, commenting on this year’s shortlist, said, "This year’s shortlist covers a broad range of businesses from a variety of sectors. It includes gardeners, car maintenance companies, companies in the media and hospitality sectors, financial services, educators and communicators. This wide range of companies, small and large, demonstrates that more and more business people are turning to the internet as a cost effective, easy to use and measurable resource. All of these elements are key to maintaining a profit in difficult times. Awards like the Net Visionary Awards highlight the very best of the best, inspiring other Irish businesses and demonstrating the potential of moving your business online."
Nominations were accepted online from the public between February 23rd and March 27th 2009. Over 350 valid nominations were received, more than any previous year. Each of these nominations were assessed by a panel of judges who whittled them down to 15 shortlists of 5 each. The public are now invited to vote in each category until May 1st 2009.
Tickets for the awards can be booked online at www.netvisionary.ie. The awards are preceded this year by the IIA National Congress: Better Business Online in a Tough Economy: Money, Marketing, Monitoring & Mobile which continues until Friday May 22nd 2009 in the same venue.
There are 15 categories. This year’s supported charity is the Irish Multiple Births Association.
The Irish Internet Association are delighted to have received 351 nominations for the 2009 Net Visionary Awards. Online nominations closed on Friday 27th March at 6pm. This is the most nominations received for the long running online business awards ever so nominees should expect some stiff competition.
Established in 1997, this year’s Net Visionary Awardswill take place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry on Thursday May 21st 2009. In the interim a panel of judges will review all of the nominations and create shortlists of five in all 15 categories. On Tuesday 14th April 2009 the shortlists will be announced and voting will open to the public. Voting will close on the Friday 1st May and then a nail-biting 3 weeks will ensue for those shortlisted until the big night on May 21st!
This year’s judges are Keith Bohanna, internet consultant and trainer who is also an IIA Board Member; Irene Dehaene, IIA Events Manager; Brendan Hughes, e-Commerce Manager with FBD Insurance and chair of the IIA Social Media Working Group; Shenda Loughnane, Managing Director of ICAN and IIA Board Member; and finally Pat Phelan, CEO of MAXroam and 2008 Overall Net Visionary Award Winner.
The 15 categories cover all aspects of online business and include business blogger, online entrepreneur, best use of social media, web development and design among others. A new category in the awards this year is the Online Tourism Award sponsored by Fáilte Ireland. This award celebrates and acknowledges the work that small to medium tourism enterprises throughout Ireland have been doing, with assistance from the IIA and Fáilte Ireland, getting online and making the most of the internet as a marketing and communications tool for indigenous and overseas customers.
The IIA National Congress 2009, entitled Better Business Online in a Tough Economy: Money, Marketing, Monitoring & Mobile, will also take place on May 21st 2009 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, allowing delegates to mix a productive day of business with a celebratory evening of pleasure at the 2009 Net Visionary Awards.
While there is no rush per se, nominations being open until 27th March, why not do it now before you forget? The next thing you know it will be Paddy’s Day and suddenly the 27th will be upon us and you will be cursing as you try and fill in 15 whole categories in one go. Do them at your leisure. Do one a day. Just do it!
But 100 of you are following the IIA. While you might think this can cause problems in cars, lifts, and in other enclosed spaces there is no real need to worry. I am referring to those 100 people who chose to follow the IIA tweets which I hope have been proving useful. I have decided to celebrate this and although it doesn’t compare to Krishna De’s pending 1000 followers I think it’s pretty good going because of my non-intrusive follow policy whereby I will never set the IIA channel to follow a Twitter user unless they choose to follow the IIA on Twitter first. I decided to do this because unlike my personal Twitter channel the IIA channel will be used to offer services and to encourage people to attend events and to get involved: essentially I am using it to market the IIA. It also ensures that anyone who is following the IIA channel has done so without any active prompting from us. I also think that because of the corporate nature of the IIA channel, it is possible that I, Roseanne, might not always be the voice behind the channel and so I didn’t automatically approach all my followers on my personal Twitter.
But back to the celebrations! In order to celebrate this momentous event and also the success of yesterday’s Blogging, Microblogging and Podcasting IIA event in Dublin which I have no doubt had something to do with the final push to 100 I am offering a 50% discount on IIA membership for one week only. To avail of this discount just use the code “twit100” when applying here. Looking forward to welcoming you to the association!
*Having 100 followers makes scenes from the Monty Python file “Life of Brian” flash through my head!